Photo: Siuslaw freshman Andrea Osbon threw personal records in both the shot put and dicus, winning both district titles. Photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News
May 16, 2018 — In what was officially the final track and field meet of the Far West League era last weekend, Siuslaw was able to claim six individual titles and the girls 4x400- meter relay title. All told, the Vikings will compete in nearly 20 events come the state 4A meet this weekend at Hayward Field — a fitting swan song for Siuslaw's many years in the Far West. Particularly since it had the chance to host the final meet, which was memorialized in T-shirts specially made to mark the occasion that read “Final Far West Meet” and listed each of the schools in the league.
Though it was the end of an era in one way, it was the beginning of another as Siuslaw’s underclassmen stepped up to deliver six individual district titles — three each from the freshmen and sophomores.
For the freshmen, hurdler Gracie Freudenthal swept both the 300- and 100-meter hurdles, clocking 15.96 in the short race, and running a personal record in the long race with a time of 47.42 — a time that earned her the fourth-fastest time in Siuslaw history. A day earlier, Freudenthal PRd during the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.63 to overtake Siuslaw’s No. 2 spot on the all- time list.
Meanwhile, fellow freshman Andrea Osbon claimed the dis- trict title in the shot put on Friday with a PR of 37 feet, 4.25 inches. Then on Saturday, she took the discus title as well after throwing a PR at 104-11.
In the 1,500 meters, the Lady Viks got a trio of PRs and two tickets to state, beginning with freshman Brea Blankenship’s district-title time of 5:10.04. She was followed by sophomore Anne Wartnik, who was literally on the heels of Blankenship for second place and a PR at 5.10.34. In fact, Wartnik was so close that she accidentally stepped on the back of Blankenship’s heel, causing her left shoe to come off, leaving Blankenship to fin- ish the last few yards with one pink-socked foot.
Sophomore Chloe Madden also PRd, finishing in sixth place at 5:35.23.
Hannah Rannow, also a sophomore, won the 800 meters (2:22.17) and 3,000 meters (10:45.80), qualifying for state in both events, along with fellow sophomore Brendon Jensen, who claimed the 1,500-meter (4:25.24) and 3,000-meter (9:44.60) titles.
Another sophomore, Ryan Rendon-Padilla, managed an upset in the boys javelin over defending state champion Ty Hampton of North Bend after launching a PR throw of 172- 01 to claim the title. Hampton scratched and failed to record a mark.
The final district title for Siuslaw came on the legs of Naomi Shoji, Rannow, Blankenship and Freudenthal in the 4x400-meter relay in 4:14.03.
In addition to its individual league title winners, Siuslaw had several other state-qualifying marks at districts, including:
• Senior Josh Payne, competing in the Para 400 meters (1:25.13) and 1,500 meters (5:34.01)
• Freshman Ryan Jennings, who was second in the 300- meter hurdles with a PR of 44.46
• Senior Trent Reavis, with a second-place mark in the shot put at 51-2
• Senior KC Tatum in the discus with a second-place throw of 134-04
• Junior Korbin English, who leaped a PR and state-qualifying mark of 19-08 for fifth place
• Junior Madison Reynolds, who landed second in the shot put with throw of 34-10.75.
The Vikings will be at Hayward Field beginning this Friday at 10 a.m., with 4A state competition continuing Saturday.
Both Siuslaw teams finished third overall in the Far West League.
Marshfield won the league title in the boys division with 222 points, followed by North Bend (193), Siuslaw (121), Douglas (62), Brookings- Harbor (53) and South Umpqua (19).
In the girls division, Marshfield won the team title with 199 points. North Bend was second (177), followed by Siuslaw (139), South Umpqua (65), Brookings-Harbor (31) and Douglas (25)
For complete district results, visit the Siuslaw page at www. athletic.net